Exercise is crucial. It helps preserve and may improve your mobility, balance and flexibility.
Exercise can also help with your ability to carry out daily activities. Plus it has the added benefit of keeping your body healthy and potentially free of other health issues which may amplify your Parkinson’s
Research has shown that exercise can improve your symptoms, that is, coordination, gait, tremor, rigidity, balance, flexibility, strength, endurance and heart health*
Walking and balancing exercises, boxing, dancing, treadmill, bike, tai chi, yoga and many other types of exercise have been shown to significantly lessen the impact of your symptoms on a day-to-day basis.
Below is a list of Parkinson’s specific exercises and programs in your region
Northern Rivers - Move it 4 Parkinson's
PD Warrior Program
Matthew Gray is a Physiotherapist and trained instructor in the PD Warrior exercise program. PD Warrior is an exercise philosophy designed to help you slow your Parkinson’s down. Bringing together the latest evidence with the experience and success of training thousands of people, PD Warrior proves that exercise is medicine.
What makes PD Warrior so effective, is its proactive approach to exercise and improving your quality of life. It is important not to wait for symptoms to impact on your daily life before getting involved. Investing now to slow your Parkinson’s down will enable you to control your Parkinson’s – before it controls you.
Phone: 02 6672 8495 or visit www.activelifephysio.com.au
PD WARRIOR LIKE EXeRCISE CLASSES
Fiona Boyle. Registered Nurse and Registered Exercise Professional. I am passionate about improving the quality of life for people affected by Parkinson’s Disease after having a personal connection with Parkinson’s myself. I provide PD Warrior-like small group exercise classes and Personal Training in PD Warrior-like exercises. My focus is on providing a personalised exercise program with specific moves to improve functionality, mobility and overall fitness, thus having the ultimate goal of slowing the progression of the disease.
Roger Bowden is a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner servicing the Ballina and Byron Shires. The Feldenkrais Method® is a universal method for improving human life through better movement, sensation, posture and breathing . These gentle thoughtful movements are an ideal form of exercise that have proven beneficial for people with Parkinson’s Disease who are looking to improve their flexibility , mobility, posture , balance and step length, and ultimately the prevention of falls.
For further information on classes or individual home visits contact Roger on 0411022262 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PUNCHIN’ PARKO’S EXERCISE PROGRAM
Kylie Sayers is a Lismore-based physiotherapist & qualified Punchin’ Parko’s practitioner. Kylie travels to treat people privately in their own home. Her assessment includes balance, mobility, posture, sleep, continence & well-being. She writes, supervises & monitors home-based exercise programs & is hoping to run a “Punchin Parkos” group class which includes non-contact boxing techniques & lots of fun! Since graduating in 1993 she has had a keen interest in PD, working in acute rehab, Day Therapy, aged-care consulting & facilitator of Stepping On, a govt. funded, community-based Falls Prevention Program.
Kylie can be contacted on:
DANCING FOR PARKINSON’S
Dancing for Parkinson’s” is an internationally acknowledged programme specifically designed for people living with PD. It incorporates specific movement , mobility, balance, rhythm and flexibility in an enjoyable and social environment. We welcome people at all levels of ability and mobility as well as partners, friends, family and caregivers”.
Cost per class is $10.00 per person.
Classes in Lennox Heads, Lismore and Alstonville.
For more information contact
Jodie on 0408 665 275 or email email@example.com
Yvette on 0400 405 160 or
Julie on 0402454654
For information on Dancing for Parkinson’s in Kingscliff and Murwullimbah please call Virginia Woods on 0409 576 285
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE PD CLASS
The Healthy Lifestyle PD class runs at the Southern Cross University Lismore Campus and includes a package of 16 sessions on an initial exercise assessment, 15 exercise session visits and a final evaluation for $50.
The sessions run between 2 – 4pm on Tuesdays.
They provide individual assessments identifying specific muscular and balance weaknesses and then put together an exercise programme that includes cardio, strength, balance and functional exercises.
For further information and bookings call the Uni on 02 66269131.
The Uni also offers an easy access 33m heated pool. For more info on the pool opening times and the Fitness Centre please call 02 66203 952.
Julie Simpson of Julie Simpson Art offers art classes using a range of mixed medias including acrylics, pastels, drawing, painting and collage. As well as a successful Artist Julie has worked extensively in the Aged Care sector as a Nurse and Aged Care Nurse Trainer. Small groups or private tuition lessons are available. Open up your life and join Julie in her fun and creative classes.
For more info call Julie on 0402 454 654 or
email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org